Published On: Sat, Feb 27th, 2016

Review: Gods of Egypt

3Release date : February 26th, 2016 Rating : 2.5/5

Director :Alex Proyas

Producer : Basil Iwanyk, Alex Proyas

Music Director :  Marco Beltrami

Starring : Gerard Butler, Nickolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites

Hollywood is known to create movies that take back the audience to a whole new world that once might have existed centuries back. The makers of Gods of Egypt have tried to mix history with fantasy to create an action-adventure movie inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. Let’s see how it fares.

Story :
The movie starts with an ageing god-king of Egypt, Osiris (Bryan Brown) deciding to pass the throne to his son Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), but is surprised by his brother Set (Butler), the god of darkness. He kills Osiris and handicaps Horus and crowns himself as the king. He also immediately begins to sow chaos in the kingdom.

A disabled Horus joins forces with a mortal named Bek (Brenton Thwaites) to reclaim Egypt, with help from the goddess of love Hathor (Elodie Yung). The rest of the story is how they succeed in their adventure.

Plus Points :

CGI in this movie is completely excelling. Due to the setting and the story, every scene in this film involves the use of CGI and they excelled in creating a mythological living Egypt. Imagining and creating a world that never existed is quite an achievement by itself.

Casting wise, Gerard Butler is cunning as the antagonist. Nikolaj manages to give an okay performance while Brenton is entertaining as the over-ambitious mortal. Eloide Young and Courtney Eaton are beautiful and act reasonably well.

The basic premise is quite intriguing and offers an interesting insight in the history behind Egypt’s mythological characters. The script cleverly inter-vines the Egyptian Gods into the story. Background score also elevates certain scenes reasonably well.

Minus Points :

Apart from the positive points, everything in the film falls apart. Gods of Egypt is the epitome of how a big budget flick with star actors can falter completely. Setting aside the basic storyline, the main plot is complete rubbish and takes many cinematic liberties to its advantage.

Dialogues are laughable and break apart from the seriousness of the issue. The movie also gets quite confusing and shifts around places with no connection. Forced humour in some scenes also deviates the audience.

Although Gods of Egypt is a huge step forward in terms of effects, its an ever bigger step back in terms of storytelling. A lot of scenes in the movie fail to make any sense and it is quite clear they exist to showcase the VFX.

Technical Aspects :

CGI is realistic and astonishing. They end up being the protagonist of the show. Editing is jaded and disappointing. The long runtime is another disadvantage for the flick. As already said, the dialogues end up being comical unwittingly. Camera work is excellent and a few shots have been showcased well. The screenplay is confusing and extra care should have been taken to make the movie interesting and racy. Casting department succeeds to an extent.

Director Alex Proyas, known for Will Smith’s I Robot, has done exceptionally well in imagining and creating an extraordinary world. Although the problem is that he failed to utilise his resources properly and completely faltered in using the environment to create an intriguing story. Without a proper story, Gods of Egypt turns out to be a film full of show but no content.

Verdict :

Even though Gods of Egypt has impressive VFX and a stellar star cast, it completely falters in all other areas. If amazing effects are your platter, then this film will be just a passable entertainer. For everyone else, we suggest you spend your money somewhere else. Rating : 2.5/5
Reviewed by Satvick Y